Following the strike posed by Extinction Rebellion and local residents this Friday in central Chichester, the United Nations Climate Action Summit began this Saturday 21st September.
Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg gave an emotional speech at the event on Monday.
The talented and passionate teen spoke clearly and bluntly, stating:
“You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe.”
The budding activist has already done so much for the world in her short life so far. Already an idol to many, she began making a change to the world when she was just 15 years-old. In August of 2018, Thunberg striked outside of Swedish parliament at the expense of hours at school. Standing outside parliament, the teen called for stronger climate action.
The strike didn’t go unnoticed, as other students quickly began similar strikes in their own communities. This lead to the start of Fridays for Future: a weekly strike for climate action.
Thunberg went on to speak at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2018, leading to the immense popularity of Fridays for Future. In 2019, at least two multi-city protests involved over one million pupils each.
A seemingly ignorant President Trump later tweeted of Thunberg’s speech:
‘She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!’
The inspiring teen was seen giving the President a look summing up what so many think of the ex-Apprentice TV show star.
Trump’s Impact In A Different Vein
Trump, similar to Thunberg, has made a huge impact on the world-over in his 73 years. Trump’s presidency sees lives getting much harder for residence of the USA. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey, in 2018 30.4 million Americans went without any health insurance coverage.
Additionally, the Department of Agriculture reports that farm trade incomes plummeted by $12 billion in the first quarter of 2019 as a result of Trump’s trade wars.
Despite a poll by CNN reporting that 56% of Americans approve of Trump’s plans for the economy, a survey by the Washington Post and ABC News suggests these Americans may be misinformed. The survey showed that more than 80% of Democrats and 66% of independents believe the economy in the USA works to predominantly benefit ‘those in power’. Roughly a third of Republicans agreed with this sentiment.
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